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Laing O’Rourke

Downes’ Role:

The team at Downes has proudly provided surveying services for the construction of the Ruby Jo accommodation village, which is part of the Kumbarilla Park gas operations located about 40 kilometres southwest of Dalby. Work kicked-off on this facility for the QCLNG project in March this year.

Downes Built Environment and Spatial Sciences director Tony Vella said soon after commencing work on-site it was evident that the fast track design and construction process had created significant challenges in regard to the alignment and position of underground services.

“Essential services crossed paths, and were designed for independent trenches that were very close to one another,” he explained. “ Hard rock found on the site added another dimension to the difficulty of resolving these issues.”

Following the revelation of these challenges, Vella said the team’s role changed to an on-site re-design and construct process, with on-site approval by Laing O’Rourke.

“Our role grew from an instruction based, technical surveying role to one of enhanced project management.”

Delivered Outcomes:

The philosophy the team at Downes bring to any project they tackle is customise and apply our craft with advanced problem solving skills wherever possible and needed.

Downes’ surveyors on the project team were able to locate all of the services below ground. This resolved the issues that the project was facing and improved the safety for workers at the village, as well as avoiding costly delays.

“The work that our team carried out to date has resulted in 50 per cent of the 450 bed accommodation at the site being commissioned,” Vella said.

“It really has been evident on this job, that we formulate strategies across all disciplines to yield the best outcomes for the clients, by thinking on our feet and keeping-up communication. It a testament to our project management skills.”

"The proactive approach of the Downes survey teams and management skills, are the company’s strength. Downes’ ability to successfully facilitate the changes with the design without delaying construction on this project was exceptional.”

Laing O’Rourke project manager Joel Downie